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Wellens Relaxed Ahead Of This Weekend’s Final Game Of The Season

3 May 2018

Manager Richie Wellens is relaxed heading into this weekend’s final game of the season against Northampton Town.

Wellens knows a victory will see his side play Sky Bet League One football next season and is only concentrating on picking up the three points on Saturday.

He said: “I don’t want my players looking at me and seeing someone who is nervous or uptight because I don’t think it will help them.

“As long as I know in my mind that the preparation that we have done is right, we need to make sure we play at full pelt and exploit Northampton’s weaknesses, as long as I do that and we are organised, I can be fine about what I’ve done.

“We need to make sure the players react to the situation and get a positive result to get what we need.

“We know what we’ve got to do. We will take a fantastic support down to Northampton and hopefully we will get the win that we need to play League One football next season.”

Northampton have a very slight chance of survival on the final day but their chances are slim and Wellens is unsure how they will react.

“It can go two ways,” he admitted. “They can relax and play, make changes and look at players for next season, they might have players who have played for the last six or seven weeks but are frustrated with them because they have not performed and been relegated.

“There are so many different scenarios that go through players minds and it is difficult. There is no coincidence that since Bury have been relegated, they have gone on a really good run.

“It’s always going to be difficult and it’s about us. We need to start quickly and be aggressive in our play and we will do that.”

In terms of team news ahead of the game, Wellens said: “It will be the same squad as what we’ve got.

“Dummigan might make the bench but that’s still 50/50. Apart from that, we won’t have any new faces.

“We have always said that the injuries are until the end of the season and it will be around three or four weeks before Gerrard and Bryan are fit so we go with the same squad as we have in the last five or six games.”

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